Firefighters continued to battle a brush fire in Carp well into Sunday evening, and were expected to remain overnight to monitor the situation.

Crews responded to a field behind Hidden Lake Crescent and Holland Hill Road early Sunday afternoon, where smoke was spotted rising from a brushy area.

The fire was initially believed to cover about 0.8 hectares of land, but soon grew to about 2.5 hectares.

A helicopter was called in and dumped water on the blaze throughout the afternoon.

Nearby homes protected

The helicopter was released from the scene at about 4 p.m., but about 90 to 100 firefighters remained, working in shifts around the perimeter to contain hot spots.

Fire department spokesman Marc Messier said that while the fire isn't yet contained, firefighters appear to be "making progress."

Carp Road has been closed between Charlies Lane and Craig Side Road while firefighters deal with the blaze. Messier said the homes along Hidden Lake Crescent were being protected.

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Meanwhile, a team of firefighters remained at the site of a fire that broke out earlier this month on Moodie Drive, in the Stony Swamp Conservation Area.

Crews were still monitoring and putting out hot spots Sunday.